New York, NY – TWU Neighborhood 100 is combating to block the MTA as it moves to eradicate lunch relief positions for Station Brokers in subway booths in about 400 stations.
On Tuesday, Jan. 12, at a listening to right before Judge Franc Perry, the union was prepared for testimony, but the MTA was not. The decide explained he needed far more information about the “inner workings” of the MTA right before rendering his decision. The MTA claimed at the hearing that the lunch relief positions are not remaining eliminated, alternatively the Authority is “reallocating” its Station Agent workforce. The MTA’s attorney also explained that riders who will need the solutions of a Station Agent at closed booths through lunch breaks would just have to wait around for the Agent’s return, and that it will only induce a “small inconvenience.”
TWU Legal professional Arthur Schwartz argued that the MTA’s posture is false that the positions are being eradicated, and that the closure of station booths for lunch reliefs is a violation of the Public Authorities Legislation, in that the MTA has taken unilateral motion impacting communities in the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn with no conducting the expected hearings.
Schwartz stated that “the Station Agent head count is down by close to 185 jobs due to attrition, which is why lunch reduction jobs are becoming eradicated.” In response to the union’s argument, Judge Perry, “If Mr. Schwartz is accurate that the positions have been eliminated, then the Transit Authority has violated the regulation.”
Robert Kelley, vice-president of Stations Division, informed LaborPress, “Safety is a massive situation and the MTA is not telling the fact about time. There would be more than 30 minutes unmanned. [One extra addition to time outside the booth is] that personnel will have to show up at a “right to know” class about policies, plan, and rules like on security. Above 2600 Station Brokers have to go to these classes every single calendar year. They commonly get 5 hours, including commute times, so they are expending 5 several hours out of the booth.”
Kelley spoke extensively about security troubles. “What about when somebody will take ill? There will not be extras there. If you occur in from 2 to 10 and you get unwell at 4 [‘o clock] there will be six several hours when the booth will be unmanned. This energy by the MTA is about wanting to lengthen OMNI to finally remove all station agents. What about a pregnant woman who needs someone to assist her? What about little ones who are misplaced? The Station Agent requires treatment of them. What about anyone who falls down the stairs, or goes into cardiac arrest, or will get heat stroke in the summertime, or who is attacked? In excess of the past four months there have been 900 Station Brokers assaulted. The MTA does not care mainly because they are not matter to this style of violence,” he added. “There are derelicts in the subway waiting to rob another person,” he ongoing. “What about these ready for Station Agents to come back again to the booth to do a push-in robbery? Station Brokers conserve life, they are lifestyle-savers. We have countless numbers of tales.” He also decried the MTA’s shift at this time of the pandemic, “when so numerous have laid their life on the line.”
In a partial, nevertheless very important victory for the union, the MTA shelved its system to shutter 20 complete time booths, and convert 7 further comprehensive-time booths to component-time booths, admitting that public hearings for these kinds of a move needed to be held in the affected communities.
The listening to continued on Friday, Jan. 15, in a virtual courtroom. Area 100 customers from Stations will talk and rebut the MTA’s assertions about the consequences of owning no just one in the booth for extended intervals of time.